The North Platte Community College Lady Knights (17-10) volleyball team fell twice Friday afternoon on the first day of the Jimmy John Invite in Columbus.
In the opening contest, the Lady Knights played the third straight five-set match of the week against the #20 Bismarck State College (28-4) Lady Mystics.
The Lady Knights took a 2-1 lead (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, but lost the last two, 17-25, 10-15.
Then, the Lady Knights immediately returned to the court and lost in straight sets to top-ranked Cowley County Community College (22-3) Lady Tigers.
North Platte never really got into that match, losing 25-16, 25-18 and 25-12.
The Lady Knights started the opening game of the day with a 25-22 win over the Lady Mystics. Bismarck took the second set 25-21 and the battle continued from there.
The Lady Knights were led by Samantha Kennedy who finished with 12 kills and four blocks. Kylie Wroot (11), Sabrina Hallahan (11) and Sandrina Hallahan (10) were in double figures for kills. Joli Hopping led the Lady Knights with 25 assists and Laura Beckman wasn’t far behind with 23. Shannon Liewer paced the Lady Knights with 19 digs.
The Lady Knights got no rest as they took on Division II No. 1 ranked Cowley County Community College.
Samantha Kennedy and Sandrina Hallahan both had seven kills to lead the Lady Knights. Shannon Liewer had 19 digs to pace the Lady Knights while Joli Hopping had 18, along with her team leading 14 assists.
The Lady Knights returned to action Saturday morning against Division I #8 Iowa Western Community College and then faced Kansas City Kansas Community College at 1 p.m. to finish out the tournament.
The Lady Knights remain on the road the rest of the season as they travel to Torrington, Wyo. on Monday October 14 to face Eastern Wyoming College at 7 p.m. and to Columbus on Thursday October 17 to face Central Community College at 7 p.m.